Ascent of Solomon Peak on 1994-05-29

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 29, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Solomon Peak
    Elevation:7581 ft / 2310 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Covelo I took CA 162 to Indian Dick Rd (M-1) just past the Eel River Bridge. This good road goes 28 miles to the Indian Dick Guard Station; just beyond the station I turned right and proceeded 3 miles to the Soldier Ridge TH (6,050'). From the TH,I followed the Soldier Ridge Tr just past Johnson HQ (2 miles) to join the Solomon Peak Tr (2 1/4 miles). In another 1 3/4 miles this trail reaches the high ridge just south of the peak. From here it is a short distance over a use trail with minor scrambling to the summit of Solomon Peak (9:00A). Wonderful views of Shasta in the far distance and North Yolla Bolly Peak, Black Rock Mountain, Mt. Linn in the Yolla Bolly Middle-Eel Wilderness, and also Anthony Peak and Leech Lake Mountain. Solomon Peak, site of a former fire lookout, is the second highest peak after Mt. Linn in this spacious wilderness area. It was rewarding indeed to have it all to myself on this beautiful spring morning. On the return I stayed close to the ridge line as I made my way with no difficulty southerly to Hammerhorn Mountain (11:00A), which is only 30' lower than Solomon. I then dropped down to the French Tr to return to Johnson HQ and the Soldier Ridge TH (2:30P).
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1531 ft / 466 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1531 ft / 466 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1531 ft / 466 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Soldier Ridge Tr, Solomon Peak Tr
    Start Trailhead:Soldier Ridge TH  6050 ft / 1844 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1531 ft / 466 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:via Hammerhorn Mountain, French Tr, Soldier Ridge
    End Trailhead:Soldier Ridge TH  6050 ft / 1844 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Solomon/Hammerhorn Mountains

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Solomon Peak1994-05-29 a1531 ft / 467 m
2Hammerhorn Mountain1994-05-29 b1516 ft / 462 m
Total Trip Gain: 3047 ft / 929 m    Total Trip Loss: 3047 ft / 929 m

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